Wednesday, March 20, 2013

Chicago Radio: ESPN 1000 Changes Line-Up

WMVP-AM/ESPN 1000 is getting ready to make some major changes to its on-air line-up next month.

According to Chicago Radio & Media, starting April 1st, "The Waddle & Silvy Show" will move to afternoons, "The Carmen & Jurko Show" will move to middays, the ESPN-syndicated show "The Herd with Colin Cowherd" will be added, and Scott Van Pelt/Ryen Russillo syndicated show goes away.

Starting one week from Monday, the new ESPN 1000 weekday line-up will look like this:
5:00am-9:00am - "Mike and Mike in the Morning" (live, syndicated)
9:00am-10:00am - "The Herd with Colin Cowherd" (live, syndicated)
10:00am-2:00pm - "The Carmen & Jurko Show" (live & local)
2:00pm-6:00pm - "The Waddle & Silvy Show" (live & local)

John Cravens, WMVP-AM General Manager said in a statement: "'Mike and Mike in the Morning' continue to kick off the day for ESPN Chicago, and the full-day lineup includes a supporting cast that is unparalleled. As we celebrate our 15th anniversary, we continue to offer the best of national and local sports talk to our fans."

Colin Herd
No new or additional local programming has been added. "The SVP & Russillo Show," the syndicated ESPN midday show, one hour of which aired locally from 1:00pm-2:00pm will be gone. In its place will be the first hour of the normally three-hour syndicated show with Colin Cowherd.

CR&M notes the addition of Cowherd's show is sure to be a controversial one. Cowherd has shown a tendency in the past to be overly negative toward any Chicago sports team or player. That is sure to not sit well with the Chicago sports fans listening in. He also tends to overly favor a small handful of other teams/players, talking about them more than any other sports topic. Cowherd's radio comments have caused a great deal of anger over the years, saying things that were not true, statements made more to shock than inform, and using content from other sources without giving credit.

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